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By Jeremiah Dobruck | June 12, 2013
Teachers from TeWinkle Middle School protested a plan to reassign their principal at a school board meeting Tuesday night. At least eight employees from the campus and one school board member complained they'd been shut out of the decision-making process. "We were quite dismayed Friday with the announcement that our beloved principal was going to be moving," teacher Denise Newcomer said. Despite the objections, Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees voted 5 to 1, approving the shuffle of three principals at TeWinkle, and Newport and Rea elementary schools.
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By Annie Kim, Jeremiah Dobruck and John Canalis | June 11, 2013
A Corona del Mar High School drama teacher who ignored anti-gay protesters and staged a 2009 production of "Rent" is under investigation following an altercation with a student, officials said Tuesday. Ronald Knight Martin, 57, is on paid leave, pending a battery investigation, Newport-Mesa Unified School District spokeswoman Laura Boss confirmed in an email. Investigators are interviewing witnesses about an incident of non-sexual battery between a teacher and student that took place on an unspecified date earlier this year, Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 24, 2013
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is bracing for rising healthcare costs, including an anticipated $2.3-million tax increase, as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. That price tag has created a disagreement between the district's teachers union and its head administrator about how to cover the costs. Five years ahead of full implementation of President Obama's healthcare reform, employee unions are brainstorming money-saving methods to avoid cuts, but the superintendent has said the increases will affect employee compensation.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 23, 2013
Preschool teacher Peggy Williams doesn't talk as if she's just had her car stolen. "It's almost gotten to the point that I feel like I don't deserve all the amazing things that are happening to me," the Costa Mesa resident said Thursday. On Tuesday, her 1999 Honda Accord, with more than 200,000 miles on the odometer, was taken out of Lighthouse Community Church's parking lot in Costa Mesa, she said. When the 25-year-old and her fellow teachers left the church's preschool, called Lil' Lighthouse Preschool, the car was gone.
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May 20, 2013
Thirty-five years ago, I wrote a letter to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education arguing that the teachers' organization should have an equal place on the board dais during meetings. For those of you who have not been to a board meeting, and I'm guessing that would number almost 100% of the community, let me give you a rundown on how it goes. The board members and the superintendent sit a few feet higher than the audience in comfortable chairs with computers in front of them.
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April 27, 2013
A high school teacher who authorities said posed as a teenage girl and solicited nude photos from more than 100 boys has pleaded not guilty to 60 felony charges, court records show. Zachary Reeder, 30, of Orange, pleaded not guilty Friday at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach to charges of using a minor for sex acts, distributing pornography to a minor, contacting a child with the intent to commit a lewd act, lewd acts upon a child, lewd acts upon a child under 14, possession and control of child pornography and distributing child pornography, according to prosecutors and court records.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 6, 2013
As Newport Beach science teacher Jean-Paul Rimlinger put it, trapping voles and mice in Nova Scotia isn't typical professional development. Nevertheless, that's where he was for a week at the end of March, helping a group of scientists track mammal populations in a square mile of Canadian forest. Each day, he braved freezing temperatures to observe locations like a beaver lodge that were completely still one moment and active the next. "Boom, a beaver popped its head out, looked around, assessed the situation and went about its business," he said.
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By June Casagrande | March 22, 2013
There's got to be something in the air. In recent weeks, I've gotten not one but two e-mails from readers about the word "got" and its cousin "gotten. " "I will never forget several teachers telling me that using 'got' in any sentence anytime was simply being lazy," wrote John in Pasadena, "that it was bad English, uncouth, uneducated, etc. " We could probably write this off as a fluke, perhaps guessing that John went to a not-so-great school. But an e-mail from Dana in Philadelphia gives a little more context.
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February 28, 2013
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District officially began negotiations with the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers Tuesday night. The school board received an initial collective-bargaining proposal from the teachers union and approved its initial offering for next school year's contract. "The next two items really officially kick off the negotiating season," said John Caldecott, executive director of human resources. The proposals laid out broad strokes of core issues the two sides will hash out over the negotiating period.
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February 25, 2013
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District will recognize its teachers and classified employees of the year at Tuesday's school board meeting. Yassaman Motamed, an algebra and pre-algebra teacher at TeWinkle Middle School, and Kristen Johnson, a fourth-grade teacher at Newport Coast Elementary School, are the districtwide picks for teacher of the year. A delegation from the school board surprised them with the honor in their classrooms last month. Classified employees of the year are chosen from six categories.
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